Whether you’re a fan or foe of the fab four, you can’t deny the Beatles’ influence on popular culture. 50 years after the lads from Liverpool asked us to “Love Me Do,” a group of artists have come together to show how Beatles songs continue to fuel creativity.
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Joanna Ebenstein’s “installation of artifacts and ephemera related to an imaginary 19th century ballet” is inspired by the true story of Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis, and his attempts to cure something called childbed fever, which ran rampant in his clinic at the time.
We all know Disney’s version of Snow White, but the classic fairy tale that inspired the 1937 animated feature film is much more grim — literally. As recorded by the Brothers Grimm, the original story involves a bloody boar’s heart, an apple-induced coma, and other nightmarish tidbits, all promising generations of children around the world many, many sleepless nights.
The Pixies redefined the alt-rock genre with stripped-down tunes, biting lyrics, and an unguarded attitude that inspired bands everywhere. Dig for Fire: Art Inspired by the Pixies honors their role in rock history, as well as their cultural legacy, featuring more than 30 artists’ visual tributes to the Pixies’ music.
Vintage pictures are interesting on their own, but they’re even better with monsters. Taking found photographs, old-timey maps, and other paper goods from the past, Matthew Buchholz customizes ephemeral images by adding delightfully frightful monsters, zombies, and other scary creatures, creating entirely new compositions called Alternate Histories.